What are some of the great books and references (non internet) you guys would recommend for every beginner, intermediate, and/or advanced trainee?
Keep in mind I’m more strength and performance based rather than physique focused in my training…
Here’s just a few I’ve read and love with short reviews…
Starting Strength 2nd Edition - Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore.
Love the book. Even though I knew a lot of it being in the business it was still great to read and tweak some of the basics just a bit. I think the diagrams and rationales are well thought out and obviously tested (in his lab called the gym).
Maximum Strength - Eric Cressey
Eric’s always an entertaining writer. I have yet to give the program a try (I am scheduled to start it in 5 weeks once I’m done with my current one). With pictures and descriptions the warmup section is a must read as I’ve adopted some with clients and myself already. The program is well constructed and organized. My training philosophies run pretty parallel to Cressey’s but this book just helped me adjust some techniques and programming for me and my clients. Good job Eric!
Low Back Disorders: Evidence-based Prevention and Rehabilitation - Stuart McGill
Can’t say enough. As a trainer it is a must read! If you have a back injury or you are looking for ways to protect your back pick this book up. If you don’t walk away from this book much more knowledgeable about training and biomechanics you are either learning disabled or already an expert in the area.
The Journal of Strength and Condition Research - NSCA
I’m a nerd and biased but this takes the cake as far as research journals go for performance (there are still a bunch of other great ones that I’m doing a disservice by not mentioning.)
150 Healthiest Foods - Jonny Bowden
Very informative. Reinforced many of my views on nutrition but gave great full page descriptions in detail about each food. I like how he had many experts also list their top foods.